CFP: “Excavating and Integrating Law and Humanities in the Core Curriculum”

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From Melissa Murray (Berkeley):

Call for Panelists
AALS Section on Law and Humanities
“Excavating and Integrating Law and Humanities in the Core Curriculum”
2012 AALS Annual Meeting
January 4-8, 2012
Washington, D.C.

The AALS Section on Law and Humanities will hold a program during the AALS 2012 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. with panelists who will share methods of teaching law and humanities perspectives in “core courses” such as property, torts, contracts, corporations, federal income tax, civil procedure, contracts, or criminal law, and others not traditionally understood to include these perspectives.

Many agree that law and humanities perspectives are important vehicles for unpacking the substantive content of the core curriculum, as well as for building and honing key skills necessary for legal practice.  Though many acknowledge that these perspectives are vitally important, there is less agreement as to how faculty can successfully implement these perspectives in their classrooms.  This program will include a variety of panelists and will explore ways law and humanities perspectives can be used successfully to enrich law school teaching.

To be considered as a panelist, please submit a statement of interest by Friday, March 25, 2011, including a description (2-3 paragraphs is sufficient) of the course that you teach and the methods that you use to excavate and integrate law and humanities perspectives that you would discuss as part of the panel.  Please also submit an updated curriculum vitae.

Panelists will be selected by April 11, 2011.  Each selected panelist will be required to submit a 4-6 page draft in October 2011, describing their law and humanities teaching technique(s), for use by the moderator.  The Section hopes to have these papers published as part of an online mini-symposium sponsored by the California Law Review.

All panelists will be responsible for paying their annual meeting registration fee and travel expenses. Full-time faculty members of AALS member and fee-paid law schools are eligible to submit papers. Foreign, visiting (and not full-time on a different faculty) and adjunct
faculty members, graduate students, and fellows are not eligible to submit.

Any inquiries about the Call for Panelists should be submitted to Professor Melissa Murray, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law via electronic mail at

-Bridget Crawford

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